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Rose Bowl Flea Market: Goal Achieved

About a month ago I was so excited to discover that my birthday fell on a weekend that would not only include Renegade LA but also the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I have been wanting to visit the flea market for sometime now and some of you may remember that it was one of my Twelve by 2012 goals to visit before the new year. When my friend Elysse and I planned out the weekend we decided a trip to Pasadena couldn't be left out. And lucky enough, we got my brother to tag along too which was a perfect birthday present because I love spending time with him.

All three of us were Rose Bowl newbies so we weren't sure what to expect on Sunday. I have heard many great things, especially about how large it is but nothing could have prepared us. The fair is huge! We covered a lot and as we were getting ready to leave, I think we naively assumed we had seen most of it...so, so wrong. It seemed to stretch on forever and there were a lot of areas we completely missed or just quickly ran through. I'm not sure if one could actually see the entire thing in one day. But what we did see was so amazing, such a visual delight with so many curious knick knacks and collectibles. There was a lot of junk but also some fantastic finds.

This booth was a favorite, stocked with beautiful vintage glass bottles. They had them separated by color and they just shimmered in the sunlight. $3 per bottle is a pretty good price too. I find that in antique stores, little glass vials like this can get quite expensive ($10, sometimes $15 each). I want to know the stories behind each bottle, don't you? Where did they come from? How old are they? What was in them?

Rugs were big, I saw a lot of them. When I get serious about finding myself a rug for my room I may need to go back and seriously look at prices. Rugs can be so expensive.

There were a lot of vintage military booths selling things like these old metal ammo cases. I like the wood chests...they would make for some good storage. Cool brother on the right.

Industrial stamps with wood handles.

Any booth with cameras was a must-stop for David and me. This one was definitely a delight.

More old cameras of course. Also, neat vintage matchboxes. Sometimes the graphic design on these is really great.

A booth of vintage fabrics and sewing odds and ends.

And we couldn't end the weekend without some official documentation of our smiling faces. Elysse with her purchases...she found the most cool stuff including a $10 working typewriter. It was originally $15 but she got the price down. Way to heckle Elysse!

David and me. Look at that sweet old camera he has. He got that beauty for $35 a few weeks ago. I have camera envy.

Oh yes, and proof of the documentation that was going on. Thank you Elysse for the picture.

I gave each of them their own little portrait that I took with my Fujifilm Instax Camera. A nice reminder of the day I think. 

I am proud that I have completed 3 of my 12 goals. That doesn't sound too great but I think I'll be completing a few more soon. I probably won't finish all 12 but the whole point is to encourage and I may not have done some of these things without this encouragement. So I'm happy with the progress so far. Are you doing Twelve by 2012? How is your progress?

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How fun! My mother and I went up there for the first time a few months ago. It was kind of expensive compared to the swap meets we are used to going to in San Diego, but it was still amazing! SO much to see! When we thought we were done, we also discovered we were maybe halfway through. It was so hot it wasn't possible to stay until 3pm. We definitely want to try going back now that the weather is nice.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara-Mia

Lauren, that is too funny we blogged about Rose Bowl on the same day! It looks like you had such a fun time, love all the things you saw. (Would have died if I saw that box of rubber stamps!) A typewriter for $5? Great find Elyse! We should all take a flea market friends trip sometime ;) ps: I like your shoes, did you add those charms? So cute!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdanni

The vintage glass bottles were awesome! Same as with the industrial wooden stamps.

- Kevin

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlyer Online

That's a lot of cameras you got there! No wonder, these shots are wonderful! -Sarah-

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPoster Printing

just found your blog via pinterest! love it :) this just made me want to make a trip to this flea market!

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMalia Cano

Hi Malia! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed the visit. :)
This was my first trip here and I just loved the flea market. So many awesome finds, I could wander through for days looking for treasures. Hopefully you'll get a chance to visit someday too.

January 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

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